The Associated Press has learned that fans can begin registering to buy Qatar World Cup 2022 tickets starting Wednesday January 19.
With prices for visitors starting at around $70, which is one-third less than the tournament in Russia.
Two people with knowledge of the prices said Tuesday that category-three tickets on international sale will cost 250 Qatari riyals ($69), compared to $105 in 2018. The individuals spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the ticketing process publicly.
The cheapest tickets — in category four only for Qataris — will cost 40 Qatari riyals ($11), according to the sources. The proposed ticket prices will be the cheapest at a World Cup since $3 seats in Mexico in 1986 — based on 1986 exchange rates — and half the price of those made available to locals in Russia in 2018 for the equivalent of $22.
The low entry point for tickets in Qatar may help to provide access to the low-paid migrant worker population for the tournament, which runs from November 21 to December 18. The cheapest tickets for the 2019 World Track and Field Championships were 60 Qatari riyals ($17), and admission was eventually made free for workers to fill empty seats.
FIFA tickets will be distributed via a regulated process rather than an open sale, with the full range of prices to be announced later. Supporters who apply to attend matches at the Middle East’s first World Cup will only find out if they are successful based on a random draw at the end of the first application phase, which runs through February 8.
The ticketing process is underway, with only 13 of the tournament’s 32 slots filled, and qualifying not concluding until the intercontinental playoffs in June.
According to FIFA‘s most recent financial report, the governing body expects to earn $500 million from World Cup hospitality rights and ticket sales.
With eight newly built stadiums within a 30-mile radius of Doha, unlike previous World Cups, little travel will be required once in Qatar.
Travel during the tournament is expected to be the shortest since the 1954 tournament in Switzerland, but hotel space may be limited.
Most hotels in Qatar have been reserved by local organizers, so there was no availability to book for the duration of the tournament when searching online on Tuesday.
Later this year, rooms in hotels, apartments, and cruise ships will be made available through a website. Only about 90,000 rooms will be made available to the general public, with the remaining 40,000 reserved for teams, officials, sponsors, and media.
While camping in the desert was previously promoted as a way for fans to find space, it is now being downplayed as a viable option. There will be 4,000 cabins available on cruise ships docking in Doha for the tournament.
Qatar Airways, a FIFA sponsor, is already selling packages that include flights, hotels, and tickets to watch your country play.
The World Cup organizers have also stated that over 1.2 million visitors will attend. According to information provided to the Associated Press last month, the group stage will feature 32 teams with games spread out over 12 days, with Qatar anticipating 559,000 flying in with a peak of 276,000 ticket holders around Nov. 27 and 28, requiring an estimated 128,000 rooms.
After a decade of criticism of Qatar’s treatment of migrant workers, primarily from southwest Asia, who have been relied on to build infrastructure since winning the FIFA hosting rights in 2010, some fans may still be deterred from flying to the World Cup.